Our goal is to provide daily, rigorous, on grade-level instruction & assignments for every student that will continue to move them towards their academic goals.
Students will receive daily instruction from teachers in each of their subjects. They will be posted in our eLearning Portal.
Teachers will be actively communicating with students throughout the week. Teachers will host virtual office hours/check-in times, and will be generally available during the operational day to respond to questions and provide guidance. Please contact staff via email.
Calallen ISD is committed to providing a world-class education to ALL students. Our expectation is to continue to provide them with academic growth. Use the link below to access Calallen ISD e-learning portal for ALL students. Click here to access the e-Learning Portal.
We are in the process of establishing multiple ways you can receive technical support and assistance with software and accessing various systems. There is already content posted to assist with several needs, and we will update this page as they become available.
All campuses have made plans to offer alternative paper-based assignments as an option for any "non-connected" students. These assignments at times will mirror the work being done by students online. Sometimes it may be different, but equal in student learning opportunity. Our goal is to ensure ALL students have equitable access to instruction that will continue to move them forward.
For access to campus packet pick-up / drop-off plans: CLICK HERE
There a number of ways to reach out to your teachers. You may email teachers, Zoom and/or Google Meet, Google Classroom, or Remind. Teachers will include contact information and how/when to best reach them in their lessons. If you are having trouble contacting your teacher, please contact your campus administrator so they may assist in helping establish the connection.
Our teachers will be proactive and will be reaching out to students as well. It will be important for students to check their email address, and messages.
Students may be expected to use a small variety of software tools to make remote learning easier. The majority of these tools students have experience using. At times, they may be asked to explore new tools, or new functions within the software.
There are 5 primary applications used district-wide through which we will provide instructional support and services to students:
- Google (Classroom, Meet, etc.)
- Microsoft Office 365
There may be additional programs used by various teachers in different grade levels and subject areas, and those will be supported directly by teachers and our support staff.
Teachers and support staff are on-hand to assist you and your student using any of the software applications assigned. We will be adding an online form for technical assistance.
Online/home instruction will include accommodations and modifications as related to your student’s current needs. These will be provided by the teachers or in class support staff as they would during traditional classroom instruction. Someone will be contacting you soon.
Related Services: (for students with these services specified in their IEP)
- Counseling and/or Psychological Services and Speech will be provided via
- Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Orientation and Mobility, and Vision Service providers will contact you to determine the best way to meet the needs of your student during online/home instruction.
Please read the following carefully.
- STAAR (including STAAR Alt) for grades 3-8 and End of Course testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year have been WAIVED.
- Optional TELPAS testing – testing window has been expanded to May 29, 2020, and we will determine how/when to best complete assessments.
- TSI (Texas Success Initiative) was cancelled for March – Remote Testing has been created for future opportunities if needed.
- AP is offering at-homeexams. The at-home exam can be completed on any device that has internet (including smartphones). There will be 2 different testing dates. AP teachers will be able to assist students with setting up for the test. Information about the reduced scope of content that will be covered on each 2020 AP Exam is currently posted on AP Central to assist students. Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The lessons will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course.
- SAT and ACT have cancelled the April and May testing dates. June admin is still scheduled at this time.
- For additional information see guidance and updates provided by the Texas Education Agency: CLICK HERE
- Credit by Exams – CBE testing for May is currently still scheduled.
School Counselors are working together to prepare resources for families. These resources can be found here and are being updated regularly.
- Limit distraction
A “digital quarantine” might be necessary to keep your child’s attention focused on their schoolwork. You should limit their use of their devices, other than what is needed to complete their work, until their schoolwork is done. If you choose, you can allow your child to play on a device during a designated break, but make them aware that they only have a limited amount of time until they need to get back to work.
- Make space for learning
Many adults have a specific area of the home in which they do work, and it’s important that you create a similar space for your child. Your children will achieve their best work in a quiet, comfortable, and dedicated space that is strictly devoted to learning. This space should be a different set-up than where they normally play games or watch television.
- Maintain breaks such as snack time and recess
Routines and schedules are extremely important for children at school, and this is no different in their at-home school. Children will function best if they maintain their routine as close to normal as possible. Setting alarms similar to those they would encounter at school can be helpful for keeping them on a schedule. Around lunch time, encourage them to get up, get some fresh air, go for a walk or bike ride, or have a snack so that they are not sedentary for the entire day.
- Keep in touch with other parents
Social distancing is important during this time, but staying in touch with others via virtual communication is very important. Each parent that has at child home is going to be going through a new experience. Check in with other parents to see what they’ve found effective, and ask if they need help as well.
- Mix screen time with old school learning mediums
Overuse of screen time can have adverse impacts on young brains, so it’s important to mix it up during a time like this. It’s likely that your children will want to continue to use a screen of some sort during their breaks from doing work, so it’s important to limit screen time by mixing in old school mediums as well. If possible, print out anything you can for your child. Parents should also encourage print and book reading if available. If not, speak with your student's school about your need and if there are options available at that time.
- Don’t underestimate the power of a schedule
If you and your children are all doing work from your home, it’s likely that this is the first time that has ever happened. A schedule, for your work and your child’s work, is extremely important. To start, experts recommend keeping them on the same or similar sleeping schedule that they have when they are going into school. You are free to schedule and structure your day as you feel necessary, so help your student write one for not only each day, but each week. Having a clear vision of what is expected of your child will help them see that just because they are home does not mean they don’t have work to do. Experts recommend helping them prioritize and learn to create goals, tasks, and deadlines, just like adults do when they go to work.
- Allow them to interact with friends via video chats
Your children are used to lots of social contact at school, so they will definitely feel the effects of being distanced from them even after a few days. While it might not be safe for your kids to see their friends in person, you should allow them to interact with them online, beyond social media or text messaging. Video chats are often the closest thing to seeing someone in person, and are a great way to get in social time without endangering yourself or others. If your child does not regularly video chat with their friends, you can speak with other parents to set up a virtual "play-date." Your teacher may even be able/willing to facilitate if possible using district software. Your student is encouraged to participate during their teacher's virtual office hours as well where they may get to interact with other students.
- Don’t let your children treat this as a vacation
This time at home might feel like a vacation for your child, but it’s important to remind them that their education still comes first. Obligations like class assignments, grades, tests, state exams, SATs, and ACTs aren’t going away just because classes have moved online.
- Remember to schedule time for fun
While this is most certainly not a vacation, it’s important to have some fun with your children while they are at home. It’s rare that you have this much time with your children, so use it as an opportunity to bond. Experts at Children and Screens recommend organizing a tournament, family card games, charades, or chess, or getting outside for a hike or walk together.
Source: The Ladders.com "Tips for Parents: Online Learning with Children"
- Limit distraction